Friday, March 29, 2013

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Berry Sauce (Paleo)

Are you wondering what Paleo is? Up until a little over a month ago, I had no idea what is was. My friend introduced me to it, and to be honest, I thought she was completely nuts when she suggested we try it. Basically, you eat meat, veggies, fruit, and nuts. That's it. No grains, dairy, legumes, refined sugar, or anything else highly processed. I realize that this is completely contradictory to this blog title, Much Kneaded. I originally started this blog because I loved to bake bread and sweets. Unfortunately, after 2 kids, I put on a few pounds, and I really wanted to lose the extra weight. I was even willing to give up my beloved carbs. 

I am now 6 weeks into this Paleo thing, and I have to say that I love it. I feel amazing. I have lots of energy, I no longer have sugar crashes (or cravings), and yes, I have finally shed most of the baby weight!! I have also been working out like crazy so it is probably a combination of the two, but I've decided to stick with it, at least for now. 

But don't worry...there will still be plenty of baked goods on this site, along with lots of healthy recipes. I am still baking, because I love it, but I send most of the baked goods to my husband's co-workers or neighbors. I still enjoy a taste here and there, but I try not to eat the whole thing. I am not 100% Paleo. I strive for around 90%. Also, there are many delicious Paleo baked goods that I have been trying, which I will be sharing. 

To start things off, I decided to share this recipe for pork tenderloin with berry sauce. My family absolutely loved it, and it was super simple to make. I roasted asparagus right along with the pork, so the entire meal only dirtied 2 pans, yay! I used a combination of blueberries and blackberries for the sauce, but use whatever you have on hand. The pork is also yummy enough to stand on its own, and I can't wait to try other sauces with it. Hmmm...I'm thinking a sauce with apricots or apples would also be delicious. 

I hope you enjoy all the new Paleo and non-Paleo recipes I will be sharing!

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Berry Sauce
Servings: 4-6

2 - 1 lb. pork tenderloins
2 tsp. steak seasoning (such as Montreal)
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 fresh rosemary sprig, finely chopped
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil + extra for drizzling
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/3 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries*
1 cup fresh blackberries*
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400°. Place the pork in a large roasting pan. In a small bowl, mix the steak seasoning, thyme, and rosemary together. Thoroughly rub the seasonings over the pork. Bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the asparagus to the roasting pan with the pork. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Return the pork and asparagus to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes longer, or until the pork registers 145°. Remove from the oven and let the pork rest for 5 minutes before thinly slicing. 

While the pork is roasting in the oven, make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened. Add the water, berries, vinegar, and honey, and cook over med-low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the pork is done.  Adjust the sauce to the desired consistency by mashing some berries to thicken or adding more water to thin out. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the sliced pork. 

*I'm sure you could use frozen too. I just haven't tried it yet.

Source: adapted from the Paleo Plan

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